Every time I log into skimble forums I see the same questions. "Where do I begin?" "what do i eat?" "how do I lose weight?"
Well have you heard of coursera? It's a website where you can take free online courses, in many different subjects. You can learn computer programming, or music production, psychology, even some languages... There are many courses, offered by universities around the world, for free!
Anyway, the reason I bring it up here is because I recently finished the coursera class "Stanford Introduction to Food and Health."
While I personally found the course to be rather basic for my level, I still learned a couple interesting things, plus I could really appreciate how well the course was presented, with interesting variety and well produced videos.
If you are new to the whole "fitness" lifestyle, I would highly recommend checking out this free course. It gives some very good foundational guidelines of where to begin with developing healthy food habits.
I know this is a workout app, but anyone who knows anything about health knows that your diet and nutrition plays a much bigger role in health than exercise. "You can't outrun a bad diet" is a popular saying for a reason.
If you're the kind of person who I see so often in these forums, who doesn't know where to begin, who doesn't know what or how to eat for health, this course is definitely for you.
It is scheduled over four weeks, with a series of short videos and one short quiz per week. The quizzes are simple, like four questions. You could probably watch all the videos for the entire course, and do the quizzes, in one weekend if you were in a rush.
Check it out, it's free, and actually quite well done. I've taken a few coursera courses and this one was probably the best as far as how well it was produced.
Just type 'Coursera' into your browser and you'll be sure to find it. The course name is, again, "Stanford Introduction to Food and Health"
You've got nothing to lose!
And for the old-timers, any other ideas for beginners on where to go for all those ultra-basic questions we always see?
I just signed up for this course, no certificate. I hope to learn something new :)
Hey guys just a reminder, that course is starting a new session in like a week. It's the perfect time to enroll. It's free, it's easy, and it's interesting and valuable info. The videos are all well produced, and not very long. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and that's a rare deal these days.
Just Google "Coursera Stanford intro to food" and you'll find it easily.
If you don't have the basic info about nutrition, and know how to easily achieve healthful eating... all things that this course covers, well, all the workouts in the world aren't going to help you. This is the foundation, folks.
Well I think alot of people don't want to put in the time and energy to learn. They want some easy answer. Can't count the times I answered the question how to lose weight with eat less and move more. And got the answer they already knew that and now wanted the real answer.
But that being said. Great suggestion haha!
It starts today! Risk free! Just some well-produced, informative, and engaging videos. You don't even have to finish the course... There's no penalty, no risk. Check it out! Go enroll!
(I seems like I'm advertising the course but really it's the best way I can think of for people to get this very foundational information. It answers so many of the questions I've seen over and over and over again)